The gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered (GLBT) community has been the target of numerous pieces of homophobic legislation over the past 10 years. I am keenly aware of how some politicians increase their campaign coffers through hate-filled rhetoric about my community. House Bill 1356 is the most recent attack to be leveled against the GLBT community. This article is intended to dispel some of the blatant distortions and misinformation that proponents of this bill have been peddling to Colorado citizens.
HB 1356 would prohibit the Department of Vital Statistics from issuing a birth certificate "with more than one female or more than one male parent." The bill also proscribes maternity suits brought under the Uniform Parentage Act in which "the birth mother is known and a female is seeking maternity with the mother." The sponsors of the bill claim that the proposed legislation is intended "to preserve the accuracy of public records and the lineage of children." Rep. Pam Rhodes, R-Thornton, the House member who introduced the legislation, is quoted as saying "[t]he creation of a child takes one man and one woman. The birth certificate should reflect this."
Fact: If a woman becomes pregnant by artificial insemination (AI) using sperm obtained from anonymous donor, that donor has no parental rights or responsibilities to the procreated child and his name does not appear on the birth certificate.
Fact: All of the birth certificates issued to date by the Department of Vital Statistics to children of same gendered couples identify the parents in two alternate ways: "Mother" and "Co-Parent" or "Parent" and "Co-Parent."
Fact: HB 1356 seeks to prevent same gendered couples from petitioning courts to provide the intended children of the couple with two legally recognized parents.
Who are the couples that are filing petitions under the UPA?
What is the purpose of having both parents' names on the child's birth certificate?
What is the Uniform Parentage Act?
All Colorado citizens should be concerned about legislators who seek to define who has a legally recognized family. All Colorado citizens should be concerned about legislators who would rather deny a child two legally recognized parents than ensure that the child is supported emotionally and financially by both of her parents.
This legislation seeks
to punish and penalize children due to the circumstances of their birth. Fact:
This is precisely the type of ignorance and prejudice that the UPA was enacted
to remedy. Fact: The GLBT community will not sit idly by while attempts are
made to disenfranchise our children!